Wow, some major changes on the bar scene. Buddies' has closed after 16 years, another example of that encroaching and ever-present development in Lakeview. Voltaire is being sold. Charmers' owner John Ellis passed away, but the bar has re-opened. And a couple new clubs and gay nights are starting soon, in time for Pride.
And the Pride season is charging ahead full force, starting ever-earlier in our community. Black-tie galas, sports, culture, Chicago has it all, all year around.
Windy City Gay Idol is at Clark's on Clark Thursday, April 15 and at Madrigal's Monday, April 19.
Abigail Garner, author of Families of Mine: Children of Gay Parents Tell it Like Is, signs her new book Wed., April 14, 7:30 p.m., Borders, 2817 N. Clark, (773) 935-3909.
Cocktail's anniversary is April 15.
The Collegiate Pride Fest is April 17 at UIC. Also at UIC this weekend, the Hoops Classic B-Ball tourney.
Experience the many moods of Mother Nature at 'Camp Out,' the Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band's fifth annual spring performance. The concert by Chicago's gay and lesbian symphonic band will be presented at 8 p.m. April 17 in the state-of-the-art theater of Northside College Preparatory School, 5501 N. Kedzie. The 70-member ensemble presents music meant to evoke the mysteries, wonders and vagaries of nature. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 general admission, $7 for students and seniors, and free for children. See www.lakesidepride.org or (773) 381-6693.